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Jerry Jones, Shan & RJ: Cowboys ‘Goofy’ & ‘Newsy’

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Mike Fisher | @FishSports

IRVING, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) –  I have listened to 25 years of various forms of “The Jerry Jones Show’’ on radio and even hosted a few of those forms. Note that as I promise you that the colorfully controversial Dallas Cowboys owner’s weekly presence now on 105.3 The Fan with Shan & R.J. is, simply, as good as it gets.

As Tuesday proved once again, it’s a must-listen for Cowboys fans, certainly. But it’s an important tune-in for NFL followers and national NFL media, too. And for that matter, maybe for fans of radio entertainment in general.

What Shan & R.J. do here is juggle the “newsy’’ with the “goofy,’’ give the long-winded Jones a vehicle but not sole control of the steering wheel, and cut through the persona I call “Jerry Popppins’’ to make sure the business of the Cowboys is being disseminated and dissected properly.

On Tuesday’s show,  for example, listeners learned:

*Tony Romo’s back endured those three sacks in Miami just fine. “As a matter of fact, we all were pleased that he got the kind of test he got, and he is too,’’ Jerry said.

*Anthony Spencer isn’t ready to play just yet but will be on the 53-man roster.

*The starting offensive line might get some time together in Thursday’s preseason-closer against Denver.

That’s three newspaper-headline-worthy stories spilling out before Jones even took a second breath. But just in case the uninitiated thinks it’s all X’s-and-O’s, Jerry also took time to note — in colorful and controversial fashion:

*His grandkids “put him on the bench as the GM’’ in their Fantasy Football leagues.

*That Josh Brent experienced (figuratively, I assume) toilet-paper rationing in jail that might help him appreciate the world of pro football upon his return.

*His “glitz-and-glamor’’ approach to Cowboys marketing comes from former Cowboys GM Tex Schramm, the Hall-of-Famer who told Jones, “Let Houston be about the checkered-board tablecloth and sawdust floors.”

As I have explained in this space before, there is “Football Jerry’’ and there is “Radio Jerry’’ and there is even, as noted above, “Jerry Poppins,’’ the Valley Ranch persona who feeds you a spoonful of sugar (or maybe sugar-flavored baloney) to help the 8-8 medicine go down.

It’s glitz and glamor. And newsy and goofy. And “Shan & R.J.’’ managing “The Jerry Jones Show’’ in its best-ever form.

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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